Boeing cancels meeting with companies on the 737 MAX

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Boeing cancels meeting with companies on the 737 MAX
Boeing canceled Tuesday's conference call with airlines to discuss the 737 MAX's command system following an accident of this type of aircraft off Indonesia, two sources told AFP. This folder. / Photo archives / REUTERS / Jason Redmond
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CHICAGO (Reuters) – Boeing will hold a conference call with airlines on Tuesday to discuss the 737 MAX's command system following an accident of this type of plane off Indonesia, four reported. sources aware of this file.

A 737 MAX of the Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed in the Java Sea on October 29, killing 189 people. This is the first major accident involving the latest version of the 737, the world's best-selling aircraft.

After the accident, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned airlines that incorrect data transmitted by the 737 MAX's impact sensors could cause the aircraft to get off the ground even when the autopilot function is disabled, making it difficult to control.

Last week, American Airlines said it had not been informed of certain functions of the automated aircraft attitude control system called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System).

Indonesian investigators said that the device designed to deal with an accident of this type was not included in the aircraft flight manual.

Last week, Boeing said it sent a note to airlines reminding pilots of what to do in case of erroneous data from the incidence sensors. He refused to say more.

In a message to employees, Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg described as "false" information that the manufacturer had concealed information about the MCAS from the airlines and that its functions had been detailed in the flight manual, according to Jon Ostrower, a journalist specializing in aviation.

In addition, Jeju Air, the first low-cost airline in South Korea, announced Tuesday it has purchased 40,737 MAX 8, a contract worth $ 4.4 billion (3.8 billion euros).

This contract includes an option for 10 additional devices.

Reuters reported earlier this month that Jeju Air was discussing with Boeing and Airbus the purchase of 50 aircraft.

(Tracy Rucinski, with Heekyong Yang in Seoul, Catherine Mallebay – Vacator for French Service, edited by Benoit Van Overstraeten)